Tuesday, 10 November 2015

#wineoclock Christmas Gift Guide: Girls Girls Girls!

I really enjoy getting involved with #womaninbiz #wineoclock on Twitter, hosted by the very talented Rae who runs @Awardingwomen

I have met some really lovely business women and have spent a few pennies already with them and plan to spend a few more on the run up to Christmas.

My niece Sophie was 13 in September so I bought her this really cute make-up pouch from @spottedzebra22 and filled it with girlie goodies! 

I've also purchased some of these cool wine bags from Jen at thespottedzebracompany.co.uk to pop my home-made Christmas gin in for my Father-in-law. At only £4.49 they are so much nicer than your usual bottle bags & are reuseable (so I will probably be getting it back for my birthday with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in!)

I've also bought a couple of sets of @devinenails as stocking fillers for the girls in my life, however have decided to keep these ones for myself! They are ideal for special occasions and each set comes with up to 20 nails and glue. These ones are priced at £9 

Here are few other goodies that I have added to my own Christmas wish list from the #wineoclock businesses!

I re-joined fat club last weekend (FOR THE LAST TIME!!!) so would be very happy to find one of these cute weight loss diaries under the tree this year from @JensLittleT (at £13 I think it's quite a bargain too!)

I adore this scarf from @LyliaRose - it's very Orla Kiely esque without the price tag! It's £14.99 with free postage. If you sign up to their newsletter here you will get details of regular competitions and discount codes.

I've followed @BooziBodyCare on social media for a few years now after meeting them at the Clothes Show. I have purchased their goodies in the past and am hoping to find this cocktail collection under the tree this year!

Hashtag hour #womaninbiz and #wineoclock runs Monday-Friday 6-7pm. If you have a business you would like to promote then why not pop over to Twitter and join in

Ruthie x

Monday, 9 November 2015

Dear Santa… competition

If you don't already know; I LOVE Christmas! I love everything about it, particularly shopping for the perfect presents for everyone.

When I saw the 'Dear Santa..' competition being run by Debenhams I was super excited to get involved and create a blog post dedicated to shopping for one of my favourite little people, my 5 year old niece Alexa!

Alexa's Christmas list is rather long! Here are some of her favourites from the Debenhams website!

Alexa LOVES playing board games with anyone who walks through the door! I bought her 'Don't take Buster's bones' (which has 20% off at the moment) for her birthday in October and it has become a family favourite so I've included 'where's my cupcake?' Orchard game that I've read lots of great reviews about by other bloggers recently. 

Like most 5 year old girls, Alexa is a huge fan of Frozen and last year's Christmas list was mostly made up of Frozen merchandise whereas this year she has just asked for a few crafty Frozen themed items. Debenhams have a great range of Frozen toys and accessories with prices starting under £5!

I love the fact that some of mine and my siblings favourites are making an appearance on Alexa's Christmas list including Playmobil and Sylvanian Families. 

My sister, Alexa's mummy, always wanted a Mr Frosty when she was growing up so I think it's only fair we add the Sambro Taste 'n Fun frosty fruit to Alexa's list, which I'm sure will be enjoyed by the whole family. Similar to the Mr Frosty of old, it is used to create flavoured sorbets using frozen fruit. It teaches children kitchen skills and encourages them to help parents in the kitchen. 

Debenhams also do a lovely range of Christmas wrapping paper too; this is my favourite and has 50% off at the moment too!

What's on your children's Christmas wish lists for 2015? 

(Aunty) Ruthie x

    Monday, 2 November 2015

    Girls Day Out Show - Liverpool

    The Girls' Day Out Show is described as ‘the perfect day out! With fashion, beauty, hunky dancers, fashion shows and lots more – all under one roof’ and it certainly lived up to expectations.

    Parking at the Exhibition Centre was safe, secure and there were plenty of spaces, it cost us £8 for the day.
    I arrived with 2 excited teenage girls just before the doors opened at 10am with a short queue to get in. Our plan was to get breakfast and plan our day with the map that we received with our entrance ticket. The refreshments were limited however we did discover the most amazing cupcakes, and everyone knows cake for breakfast on a girl’s day out is acceptable! I washed mine down with a sample of the new Baileys range (Belgian chocolate!).

    With money burning a hole in our pockets we headed off in search of bargains. With lots of exciting exhibitors including high street favourites Oasis, Warehouse, Elemis, Fake Bake, Make Believe Beauty, Ruby Cosmetics and Baileys, we were spoilt for choice.

    There were plenty of opportunities to test products and we came away smelling divine and I came away with perfect eyebrows (something I’ve never achieved before!) thanks to Ruby Cosmetics. I also managed to do some Christmas shopping, picking up bargain beauty products for my friends and family, including some gorgeous products from Boozi Body Care and Ivy Joan (gorgeous home accessories and Christmas decorations!)

    The Girl’s Day Out had something for all ages; mini-make overs, teeth whitening, spa treatments, fashion catwalks, competitions, celebrities (we spotted Amy Childs, Nikki Graham, Sophie Kasaei and Mark Byron) and lots of half-naked men!
    By 3pm we had spent up and our feet were starting to ache from all the walking round so we headed home feeling pampered and full of yummy cake! The girls were eager to try out their products in the car on the way home so I now have a lovely smelling car too!
    Have you been to the Girls Day Out Show?
    Ruthie xx
    Disclaimer - I received 2 complimentary tickets from Girls Out Day on behalf of What's Good To Do and purchased an additional one myself